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Finland: Cannabis Culture Takes Root in Finnish Provinces

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Helsinki Times, 31 Jul 2009 - Homegrown cannabis has expanded tremendously and spread throughout Finland, reports the national daily Helsingin Sanomat. "'It is easy to find space for indoor cultivation in sparsely populated areas where one doesn't have to worry about sharp-eyed neighbours. Also, small, local police departments do not always have their own drug units which are specialised in investigating this kind of crime," says Chief Inspector Esa Gronlund of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), who is specialised in drug-related crimes.

Finland: HIV Infection Rate in Finland Remains at Record High

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 11 Feb 2008 - Needle Exchanges Keep Infection Rate Down Among IV Drug Users The number of HIV infections has remained at a record-high level in Finland for the past two years. Both in 2006 and 2007 there were more than 190 infections every year.

Finland: Helsinki Drug Police Warned Criminals of Impending Wiretap

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 11 Feb 2008 - HELSINKI DRUG POLICE WARNED CRIMINALS OF IMPENDING WIRETAP Police Deny Any Wrongdoing According to a news report on the commercial television network Nelonen, suspicions of criminal action by Helsinki's drug police involve at least one case of warning criminals of an impending investigation. About ten members of the Helsinki drug squad currently face charges of using illegal means of acquiring information about the illegal drug market.

Finland: Drug Police Sick-Leaves Encumber Investigations of

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 08:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 10 Dec 2007 - More Than Half of Helsinki Drug Squad Call in Sick As Prosecutors Investigate Tactics Nearly half of the criminal investigators of the Helsinki police drug crimes unit took sick-leave on Friday. Nearly all of those involved are experienced drug crime investigators, says Chief Inspector Jari Aarnio of the Helsinki drug police.

Finland: Nursing Students Appalled by Minister's Call to Expel

Fri, 21 Sep 2007 07:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 21 Sep 2007 - A proposal by Minister of Education Sari Sarkomaa (Nat. Coalition Party) to expel students who have substance abuse problems from social and health care institutions of education has shocked Finnish nursing students. The minister says that schools should be able to expel students whose dependence on intoxicants might endanger patient safety when they are at work.

Finland: Left Alliance Youth Organisation Wants To Legalise

Tue, 22 May 2007 07:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 22 May 2007 - Party Chairman Sticks To Zero Tolerance The youth organisation of the opposition Left Alliance Party, the Left Youth of Finland, has narrowly passed a resolution calling for the legalisation of the use and home cultivation of cannabis. The decision came at a convention of the organisation this past weekend.

Finland: Aulis - a Medical Cannabis User, but No Pothead

Tue, 19 Dec 2006 08:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 19 Dec 2006 - Turku Man Becomes Finland's First Legal User of Medicinal Marijuana The apartment is nothing like a dingy drug den; no yellowed posters of hemp leaves, the Grateful Dead, or Haile Selassie adorn the walls.

Finland: Drugs Problem in Finland Still One of Mildest in European Union

Fri, 24 Nov 2006 08:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 24 Nov 2006 - DRUGS PROBLEM IN FINLAND STILL ONE OF MILDEST IN EUROPEAN UNION Use of illegal drugs in Finland remains significantly lower than in many other European nations, claims the annual study by the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA), released on Thursday. The data provided for the EMCDDA study by the EU Member States and candidate countries and Norway was collected in 2004 and 2005.

Finland: More Teenagers Using Needle Exchange Services For I-V Drug Users

Mon, 09 Jan 2006 08:00:00 GMT

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition, 09 Jan 2006 - The proportion of young people under the age of 20 among Finland's intravenous drug users is growing. In Tampere and Helsinki, the needle exchange services of health advice centres set up for drug users report that they are serving considerably younger customers than before. The most common drug injected by the users is buprenorphine, which most frequently available in pill form under the brand name of Subutex. It is widely used to help wean heroin addicts from their habit; on the illicit drug market, the pills are often crushed, dissolved, and injected, in order to maximise the effect. Even when used illicitly, buprenorphine is much less dangerous than heroin, and its increased popularity among users is seen as a major factor in the low level of death by drug overdose in Finland in the past two years. The increasing popularity of buprenorphine among young drug users has been noted in a number of cities on the west coast, including Pori and Oulu, and there are concerns that it could lower the threshold for experimentation with opioids. Anne Ovaska, head of the health advice centre set up by the A-Clinic Foundation in Tampere, says that more young people, especially girls born after the mid-1980s, have been showing up at the centre. A key aim of the health advice centres is to discourage the sharing of needles and syringes among I-V drug users, and thereby to prevent the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases. In addition to providing clean injecting equipment, the centres offer health advice on the prevention of infections, as well as vaccinations and HIV tests. Health advice centres exist in almost every Finnish city with a population of more than 50,000, and in some smaller communities as well. Finland's busiest needle exchange location, in the Helsinki district of Kallio, serves between 90 and 140 people each day. In addition centres set up in fixed locations, Helsinki's Deaconess Institute has a mobile unit - a van, which serves I-V drug users in different parts of Helsinki.